Chelsea rejected by Croatian star

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Chelsea and Bayern Munich made lucrative offers to Darijo Srna but could not persuade him to leave Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Croatia international is one of the most highly-rated full-backs in European football and he has admitted he could easily be playing in the Blue of the club from Stamford Bridge.

However, he was adamant that money was not the motivating factor in the decisions over his future and that the situation at Shakhtar was too good to give up when Chelsea came calling.

"It is true, I had two concrete offers but I listened to my heart and remained at the club with whom I grew up for 11 years," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"If I moved, I would get more money, but as I said, it was a decision which was written in my heart. At the end I also did that because of my family which wanted to stay."

Srna moved to the Ukraine club from his boyhood team Hadjuk Split in 2003 and has been one of the most consistent performers for a long time, though playing for Shakhtar means the spotlight isn't shining on him so much and perhaps does not get as much credit as he deserves.

Despite him now being 31 years old, Srna is still playing at a level good enough to move to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich, though his comments would suggest he is not preparing to move any time soon.

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